Le Moyne vs. Adelphi: The Battle For Number 1

By Kerrigan Fox Coyle ‘15

STAFF WRITER

 

Le Moyne’s Women’s Lacrosse team have proven themselves so far this season as one of the best teams in the country. They are currently ranked 3rd in the nation behind Adelphi University and Lock Haven University. The Dolphins have work there way to this position by playing the hardest schedule in the country and only having one bad game, losing to Lock Haven on March 12th. The benefit of playing tough non-conference games early is that the team has had time to recover and improve on its weaknesses.

Currently, the Dolphins are undefeated in the Northeast-10, 11-0 with two conference games to be played. They are tied for first with their rival Adelphi in the conference who is undefeated on the season and ranked 1st in the country.

Last week, Le Moyne went undefeated again going 2-0 against Franklin Pierce University with a 15-4 victory; and then a dominating win on the road at Merrimack College 15-2. Le Moyne is playing well coming into their two last games, on the road against Assumption College on April 22nd and home against Adelphi on the 25th.

During the 15-2 win over Merrimack, junior attacker Erica Geremia added nine more points [four goals, five assists] to her season total. Geremia is now 7th in the country with 44 assists behind her teammate junior Maggie Monnat who is 4th in the county with 49 assists. Both totals are now first and second for most assists by a Dolphin in school history.

Geremia is more importantly 1st in the country in points scored with 94 points in 15 games. Geremia is also first in points per game with 6.27, which is also the highest in school history. What is most impressive about Geremia is how balanced her scoring is with 50 goals and 44 assists.

“I really don’t let it get to me because my teammates and my coaches have helped me out so much, that I throw it all back to them and we do it all together. So it’s not just me! It is a huge honor to be the leader in the country and I’m very proud to be able to hold that leadership,”  said Geremia.

She is a rare athlete because she has the ability to make her teammates better on the field which allows for the success of Monnat and of senior Julia Suriani who has 48 goals this season.

“Our offenses biggest strength is when we are able to create threats on and off the ball. And it’s not just one or two people, it’s all seven of us and when and if we lose the ball our offense rides so hard to get the ball back and are able to create the unexpected!” said Geremia

You never know who is going to have the four, five, six goal on this team. The one midfielder on this team who has played consistently at a high level without much recognition is sophomore Molly McGuane. She has 11 goals and seven assists this year, four of her goals coming last game against Merrimack.

She thanks her older teammates for their leadership and guidance. “Erica, Maggie and Julia are all extremely talented and are always solid on the attacking end. On different days, different people show up in the scoring. I had a good game on Saturday thanks to our attackers looking to feed, but next game it could be anyone else. It’s a always a team effort.” said McGuane

Another player who has been a difference maker is sophomore midfielder Amari Pollard. Pollard is third on the team in two very important statistics: goals and ground balls. She is third in goals with 32, also having eight assists to put her into the 40 point club. Pollard being a midfielder has 26 ground balls which means she has won possession for her team 26 times. She is third in total ground balls on the team but first for any player that has scored a goal this year.

“I think Coach Taylor’s focus on doing everything–passing, cutting, breaking out–fast has really helped to propel us forward as a team. It’s all about seeing how hard and how far you can push yourself to get that extra step to help your teammate out in all aspects of the game. This type of play has really forced us to tighten up our sticks and play smarter, and I think that shows on the field,” said Pollard.